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Upendra Bharti | HENB | Lucknow | June 28, 2018:: Days after he called Mughal emperor Akbar ‘not a great ruler’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday claimed that Aurangzeb, the fifth Mughal emperor who ruled between 1658 and 1707, had forced Kashmiri Hindu pandits to change their religion. Speaking at a gathering of Banjaras in Lucknow, the CM said that Aurangzeb tortured Kashmiri pandits and forced them to embrace Islam.
He said that a group of Kashmiri Hindu pandits had then met Ninth Sikh guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji in Delhi to tell him how they are being forced by the cruelest Mughal emperor to change their religion into Islam.
“When Aurangzeb began torturing Kashmiri pandits, then to free themselves, a group of Kashmiri Pandits met Guru Tegh Bahadur in Delhi and told him about their suffering and how they were being forcefully converted,” UP CM said,
The CM said that Guru Tegh Bahadur had then come to the rescue of Kashmir pandits and asked them not to be afraid of Aurangzeb. “Guru Tegh Bahadur asked them to tell him (Aurangzeb) that they would accept his religion only if their Guru accepts it.”
Guru told the Pundits, “Go and tell the Emperor that you will agree to embrace Islam if he can persuade your Guru Tegh Bahadur to be converted to the Muslim faith”.
History tells, on conveying the message to Aurangzeb, he gave orders to arrest Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji. On not agreeing with Aurangzeb, Guru Ji and his followers were tortured badly. Bhai Mati Das, the devoted Sikh, was tied between two pillars and his body split in two by being sawn alive. Bhai Dyala was boiled alive in a cauldron of boiling water and Bhai Sati Das was wrapped in cotton wool and burnt alive. Guru Ji was even prepared to give up his life. By seeing this Aurangzeb became furious and ordered that Guru Tegh Bahadur ji be executed publicly in Chandi Chowk.
On November 11, 1675 Guru Tegh Bahadur ji had his bath and recited the sacred prayer of Japji Sahib. Aurangzeb ordered to bring him out of the Kotwali. Guruji was made to sit on a platform. Guruji sat absorbed in deep meditation, while the executioner took his sword and at one stroke Guru Ji was beheaded.
“Aurangzeb thought it was an easy task to convert Guru Tegh Bahadur and got him arrested, tortured him (and finally cut his head), but he did not budge,” CM Adityanath said.
He also called on people to be proud of their ancestors for their contribution to the country and society as he reminded that Banjara community and leader like Lakkisha Banjara had at that time stood for the honour of Guru Tegh Bahadur and fought for Hindu society.
A few days earlier, at an RSS event, the BJP leader had said that Mughal emperor Akbar was not a great king and that only 15th century Rajput king of Mewar Maharana Pratap was great.